The CDC maintains a running tally of the number of lives lost to drug overdoses in the United States. The last few months, a chart of these numbers is nearly flat, showing a pause in the rampant increases of prior months. Why isn’t this totally fabulous news?
This a vitally important question to ask. Just talk to any parent who has lost a child to an overdose. A recent report from the CDC indicates that as yet, we are seeing more wreckage resulting from drug addiction, not less, meaning we have much more work to do.
There’s one simple fact that is more important than all others on the subject of our opioid epidemic…
New evidence compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that we do not yet have the opioid epidemic or the loss of life from drug overdoses under control yet. We’re not even close.
Do you think that high school senior that’s ready to graduate has remained drug-free? If you do, there’s a 50-50 chance that you’re right.
In 2015, we lost 44,000 people to overdoses. But if we knew how many had been saved with naloxone, we would truly know the full extent of our crisis of opioid addiction and overdose.
Every year, the Monitoring the Future survey allows us to examine trends in drug and alcohol use among our teens. In this new report, the fact that teen use of most drugs continued their decline provides a bright spot amid concerns about our national opioid epidemic.